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Cherry_On_TopWho remembers the expression "I love you with a cherry on top"? 

I remember saying it to my mother either to express love or to butter her up if I wanted something!

You can make the expression even stronger, by adding more and more toppings as if your love was an ice cream sundae.  You can say something like, "I love you with a cherry on top, and chocolate syrup, with marshmallows, whipped cream and sprinkles…" You can go on and on adding stuff.

It’s a nice little word game to play with kids.  Plus it’s a sweet way to express your love!

I asked Monique in France if they have an expression like that.  She wrote:

"I never heard any. What children say is ‘Je t’aime grand comme ça’ (I love you big like that) or ‘Je t’aime grand comme le ciel’ (I love you big like the sky) with their arms wide open but not to get something. As far as I know, we don’t have those -even to express to someone how much we love them. We have ‘je t’aime comme un fou’ (I love you like a crazy person) but it’s more for songs than for real life.  

Now, to get something, it was, is, and will be…’Allez, maman, alleeeez….’ (Come on, mama, come on!) as if you were to die if she didn’t give in. It can also be, ‘S’il te plaaaîîîît…’ (Pleeeeeease!)"

Kids here in the US also say "Pleeeeeeease!" to their moms when they really want something.

Pleeeeeeease let us know in the comments below what expressions kids use where you’re from to express great love and what they say to try to get what they want. 

Also, do you have an expression like, "I love you with a cherry on top"?

Mama Lisa

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6 Responses to “I love you with a cherry on top”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Mike wrote: “or………….. pretty please mom with a cherry on top.”

  2. Margaret Elkins Says:

    I said “pretty please with sugar on top.” We also said “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.” Song from the fifties. My parents used it with us. I used it with my children and now with my grand daughter. I also love “I love you to the moon and back.” From the book Guess How Much I Love You.

  3. Lisa Says:

    That’s sweet Margaret! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lisa Says:

    Maria wrote on the Mama Lisa’s World Facebook Group: “I do [remember this expression]! And another saying about telling the truth or promising something to be true with a cherry on top. I haven’t said/heard that in 3 decades, maybe.”

    Then Betsy wrote: “When I was a kid we always used to say ‘Pretty please with whipped cream and a cherry on top’ but I don’t remember ever using it in a promise or expression of love.”

  5. Bernadette Says:

    My grandson tell me he loves me to the shining star of Buzz Lightyear, up above the moon.

  6. Lisa Says:

    That’s so cute Bernadette!

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